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Allegiant receives first U.S.-built Airbus
Allegiant A320. © Airbus

Allegiant receives first U.S.-built Airbus

Allegiant Air has taken delivery of its first U.S.-produced A320 aircraft from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama, as it continues the transition to an all-Airbus fleet.

Allegiant Air has taken delivery of its first U.S.-produced A320 aircraft from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama.

The Airbus Manufacturing Facility in Mobile is now delivering A320 Family aircraft at a rate of four per month – with the Allegiant delivery marking the facility’s 69th aircraft handed over to the customer since operations began in 2015.

The aircraft is the 11th of 13 new A320 aircraft scheduled for purchase directly from Airbus, to be inducted into Allegiant's fleet this year.

The delivery marks another step in the Las Vegas-based carrier's planned transition to an all-Airbus fleet by the end of 2018. Allegiant currently has a total of 99 Airbus aircraft either in service or committed for future delivery.

In June 2017, Allegiant announced a lease arrangement of 13 A320s, which was the last transaction needed to retire all the fleet’s MD-80s by the end of 2019. The airline's current fleet includes 37 MD-80s, alongside 22 A319s and 30 A320s.

The first aircraft to be delivered from the Mobile facility — an A321 for JetBlue — was handed over in April 2016.

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